Jonathan Borsley joins development arm of Ecorys as a Technical Director

21 February 2017

The UK arm of European consultancy firm Ecorys has hired Jonathan Borsley, formerly Director of Consultancy at Crown Agents, as Technical Director in the firm's International Development practice. The role will see him focus on driving business development and delivering engagements.

Prior to joining Ecorys, Jonathan Borsley worked as an independent consultant on a Unicef-commissioned project in Zimbabwe, where he assessed the Results Based Financing processes in the country's healthcare sector. He previously worked at Crown Agents, an international development company, latterly as the Director of Consultancy. During his more than 15 years at the company, Borsley worked across a range of positions, including Portfolio Manager, Transition Manager and Adviser. He started out as a Trainee at the firm in 2001. His work has focused predominantly on managing projects in global arenas, particularly in fragile and conflict states, focused on reducing poverty.

Borsley holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Geography from the University of Bristol.

Jonathan Borsley - Ecorys

Borsley joins Ecorys as a Technical Director in the firm’s International Development practice. He is tasked with leading business development in the practice, as well as supporting engagements in governance, financial management and economic development, among others. The work will call on his wider experience in developing technical and commercial proposals for major global institutions.

Regarding the addition of Borsley to the team, the firm states, “Jonathan has proven experience in managing development programmes to alleviate poverty, especially in fragile and conflict affected states. He was Project Director for the £120 million multi-donor South Sudan Health Pooled Fund which seeks to strengthen health systems and deliver essential maternal and new-born child health services. He has also managed public finance management projects including DFID support to budget formulation and execution in Zimbabwe and the implementation of a financial management information system in Pakistan.”


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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019

Three senior level consultants have been boosted to the rank of Partner at Quantum Advisory, as the firm works to meet heightened levels of client demand. Aled Edwards, Amanda Burdge and Chris Heirene become Partners as long-time Quantum member Rob Davies retires in May after 15 years as a Partner at the firm.

Founded in 2000, Quantum Advisory provides pension and employee benefits services to employers, scheme trustees and members, with five offices across the UK. The firm has enjoyed exponential growth in recent years, following a number of major client wins and booming demand for its services. It opened a new office in Bristol in 2016 to service the South West and in 2017 relocated its Cardiff office to a larger site within the Welsh capital to house the increased workforce. More recently, Quantum relocated its Amersham, Birmingham and London offices to more spacious premises in the centre of both cities to cope with demand.

The financial services consultancy, which employs 115 people across the UK, has promoted three senior team members to Partner, as part of its wider growth plans. The firm has moved Aled Edwards from Principal Consultant & Actuary, while Amanda Burdge has ascended from Principal Investment Consultant. Chris Heirene, former IT Manager, has also joined the ten current Partners at Quantum.

Aled Edwards most recently managed the actuarial team within Quantum’s Cardiff office as well as providing technical training for all staff. He boasts more than 17 years of pensions experience. He started his career as an Actuary at Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s Bristol wing, before joining Quantum in 2011. Edwards is also the President of the Welsh Actuarial Society (WAS), which supports actuaries and actuarial students living or working in Wales.

Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of Partners

Amanda Burdge joined Quantum’s team in 2001, as one of the fledgling firm’s first employees. Most recently she was a Principal Investment Consultant with the firm, and with more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the sector, she is responsible for providing investment advice to many of Quantum’s key clients with both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Prior to her time with Quantum, Burdge spent two years as a consultant with SBJ Benefit Consultants (now Capita), and three years with Tesco Pension Trustees. She currently sits on the Regulation Committee for the Pensions Management Institute.

Chris Heirene initially worked with Quantum as an IT Consultant with Teamwork Technology Services and then UES for over five years, before finally joining the firm itself in 2011. He is now responsible for Quantum’s IT systems across all of its offices, including the network and core server infrastructure which supports the business. Heirene is heavily involved in utilising IT to improve and build upon the processes in place throughout Quantum.

David Deidun, Partner at Quantum Advisory, said of the promotions, “This is a very exciting time for Quantum. The recent round of promotions fully recognise the hard work and dedication shown by the three, all of whom go above and beyond for the company. I’ve no doubt that Aled, Amanda and Chris will settle into their new roles with ease and look forward to working together to grow Quantum even further.”

The news comes as Rob Davies retires in May, after spending fifteen years as a Partner at Quantum. A qualified actuary, Davies was instrumental in setting up Quantum’s Investment Division, specialising in aiding clients with their investment strategies. He will remain with the company on a part-time consultancy basis, while working with several clients in the Fiduciary Manager area.